NFL Draft Analyst Gives Pro Comps For Local Prospects

Apr 28, 2022, 2:21 AM | Updated: 2:21 am

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Utah Utes linebacker Devin Lloyd (0) and Brigham Young Cougars offensive lineman James Empey (66) greet each other after the game as BYU defeats Utah in an NCAA football game at LaVell Edwards Stadium in Provo on Saturday, Sept. 11, 2021. BYU won 26-17, ending a nine-game losing streak to the Utes. (Courtesy of Deseret News)

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SALT LAKE CITY – An NFL Draft analyst assigned player comparisons of professional athletes to the prospects with ties to the state of Utah.

NBC Sports‘ Thor Nystrom listed comps for many of the future NFL players from this year’s draft class, including local players.

The NFL Draft takes place in Las Vegas from April 28-30.

Comps for Local Players in the 2022 NFL Draft

Multiple players from local universities and high schools are expected to hear their names called throughout the 2022 NFL Draft.

Some of the players drafted or signed as free agents are listed below with their comp from Nystrom:

Former Utah Utes

  • Devin Lloyd
    • Comp – Darius Leonard (Indianapolis Colts)

  • Nephi Sewell
    • Comp – Shaun Bradley (Philadelphia Eagles)
  • Britain Covey
    • Comp – Braxton Berrios (New York Jets)
  • Bam Olaseni
    • Comp – Lucas Niang (Kansas City Chiefs)
  • TJ Pledger
    • Comp – Lavon Coleman (Formerly of the Green Bay Packers, Seattle Seahawks, and Houston Texans)
  • Nick Ford
    • Comp – Cesar Ruiz (New Orleans Saints)
  • Mika Tafua
    • Comp – Malcolm Koonce (Las Vegas Raiders)

Former BYU Cougars

  • Tyler Allgeier
    • Comp – Alex Collins (Formely of the Seattle Seahawks and Baltimore Ravens)

  • James Empey
    • Comp – Greg Mancz (Buffalo Bills)
  • Neil Pau’u
    • Comp – Sage Surratt (USFL’s Birmingham Stallions)

Former Utah State Aggies

  • Deven Thompkins
    • Comp – Brandon Banks (CFL’s Toronto Argonauts)

  • Savon Scarver
    • Comp – John Capel (Former track & field star, played college football at Florida)

Former Southern Utah Thunderbirds

  • Braxton Jones
    • Comp – Matt Peart (New York Giants)

Former High School Standouts

  • Jaylen Warren (East High)
    • Comp – Jerick McKinnon (Formerly of the Minnesota Vikings, San Francisco 49ers, and Kansas City Chiefs)

2022 NFL Draft

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Kyle Ireland is a Locals in the NFL Insider for KSLSports.com and host of the Yards After College Podcast. Follow him on Twitter (@kyleireland) and Instagram (@kyleirelandksl).

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